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Offered exclusively by Campion and Company for $6,500,000, 90 Chestnut Street is one of Boston's rarest architectural treasures. View the Listing
Built in 1898 and extensively remodeled in 1926 on one of The Flat of Beacon Hills most desirable streets, 90 Chestnut Street is a 5-story townhouse of true historic distinction. The Federal Revival style home was built as the residence of Henry Davis sleeper, America’s first interior designer. This fashionable purveyor of taste has garnered much fame for homes he did for clients, such as Joan Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks and the Vanderbilts, but also for one of his own homes, Beauport, the Gloucester Harbor mansion that is now a national historic landmark. To this day, and in thanks to subsequent owners who have faithfully renovated, restored and maintained the magnificent property, 90 Chestnut remains full of decorative flourishes chosen specifically by the nationally noted antiquarian, collector, and interior decorator.
The entire 6,576 square foot house is a historic treasure, yet remains timeless in its ability to cater to modern lifestyles. The gracious floor plan splendidly incorporates formal and informal living and entertaining areas and offers 5 sun-filled bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms, all enhanced by a private elevator and spacious roof deck. Cleverly built-in storage and displays fill every nook and cranny of the home so that every inch serves an aesthetic and functional purpose. The floor plan also brings with it wonderful flexibility to be used as a single residence or two separate units—one a first and garden floor duplex, the other a 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor elevator triplex.
One step in the door and it is apparent that this Flat of the Hill home was constructed and finished in the finest manner. A gorgeous mahogany paneled reception room with a leaded glass curios cabinet offers a glorious first impression as to what the rest of the home has to offer. Take the elevator or climb the stairs to the living room floor and you step right into the heart of the home that is absolute elegance. This approximately 21’ by 39’ entertaining space is paneled floor-to-ceiling and features finely detailed carved pilasters and classical door casings. Built-ins abound, including bookcases, collectibles vitrines and a complete wet bar. A carefully lit oval skylight and corner fireplace finish this fine, perfectly symmetrical room.
Just beyond this living room is a home office or media suite complete with a bay-windowed seating area facing the hidden gardens of Beacon Hill. This space has its own half bath and a variegated marble fireplace depicting an Aesop’s Fable, the Wolf and the Crane, in carved relief, a fine example of how the home’s design evokes literary as well as, historical themes.
Up one flight of the curving staircase is the spacious family room and kitchen. The family room is a large, 20' by 21' space with additional skylights, a grand mantelpiece and graceful Adam-style detailing. The kitchen is accessed through a wonderful original butler’s pantry with zinc-lined sink, unique backlit windowed display case and a warm, hearth tile floor that continue into the kitchen. The eat-in kitchen features a beamed ceiling, antiqued pickled pine cabinetry, triple windows facing Chestnut Street at treetop level and direct elevator access. On the opposite end of this floor is another suite consisting of a fireplaced bedroom, bay windowed dressing area facing the gardens and a full bath.
On the fourth floor rests the master bedroom suite, which has a large mirrored bath with oversized Jacuzzi tub set beneath a skylight and exceptional closet storage offered by a large walk-in, additional closets and custom built-ins. The huge master bedroom with beautifully detailed fireplace and Juliet balcony is set below an oversized skylight with electronically controlled shades. Another bedroom suite with full bath on this level is currently used as a sun-filled home gym.
The home’s massive, private roof deck with wonderful city views is one level above and is easily accessible via a full, sky-lit staircase. It has been newly renovated by the current owners and is equipped with water, gas and electric.
The duplex suite on the first and garden levels is also enchanting, featuring an octagonal shaped entry foyer leading into a large living room. Currently in use as a formal dining room, it boasts beautiful gardenfacing windows and countless architectural flourishes.
Adjoining this space is a bedroom suite that Henry Davis sleeper used for his own quarters. Downstairs is a large oval-shaped room detailed in a High Victorian Gothic style, off of which is a comfortable glass-ceilinged conservatory and bedroom with a full bath. The kitchen on this lower level includes a breakfast room set beneath glass block skylights to Chestnut Street that were completely and painstakingly restored to their original design.
This one-of-a-kind townhouse is complete with a parking space at the Brimmer street Garage.
Boston's streets are lined with countless properties of historical and architectural significance. In Beacon Hill, perhaps Boston's most historic neighborhood, 32 Lime Street is one such architectural treasure, featuring a second-floor great room of exceptional size and scale. The great room takes influence from 17th-century English design and includes a double height beamed ceiling, grand fireplace and large mullioned windows that admit a flood of light. The property is currently offered for sale by Campion and Company.
The Great Room at 32 Lime Street
Great Room double height window detail
More about 32 Lime Street and its architect:
The house was built ca. 1914 by architect Richard Arnold Fisher, an architect responsible for many homes and apartment houses throughout Boston and New England. The house is a wonderful example of a simple re-working of older Adamesque Georgian motifs common to the Hill, as well a celebrated effort to eschew traditional scale. Perhaps inspired by the enthusiasm for the Arts and Crafts movement in Boston and the Bohemian artists’ colony thriving on the Flat of Beacon Hill, the work of Fisher and his contemporaries sanctioned more freedom in altering older buildings’ proportions, especially in regards to increasing light to the interior. Among Fisher’s best-known works were his residences on Beacon Hill. Primarily constructed during 1902 to 1915, the period in which he practiced alone, these homes included 36, 34, and his own residence, 32 Lime Street. Today the townhouse is owned by just the third owners since it was built.
Two full stories of copper- edged windows centrally aligned on the front facade of 32 Lime Street uniquely provide light to the neighboring row house, also designed by Fisher.
10 Farnsworth is Boston’s newest boutique luxury development in the Seaport District's Fort Point Neighborhood. Nine exceptional residences enjoy direct elevator access, an on-site garage with automated parking system and a combination of shared and private roof gardens.
Boulevard on the Greenway offers residents the opportunity to live directly on Boston’s most sought-after location, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, in a stunning architectural statement with garage parking and resident amenities.
Campion and Company is Boston's Leading Luxury Sales Office, and the Exclusive Listing Agent for numerous developers throughout the City.
Contact us to learn more about our new development offerings.
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Campion and Company is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Four Seasons Private Residences One Dalton Street, Boston. Contact us if you have questions or would like to schedule a private showing.
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An Elegant Home from Top to Bottom
Boston Homes feature by Marilyn Jackson
When the developers purchased the Back Bay townhouse at 197 Marlborough St. in April 2015, they planned to convert the lodging house to two luxurious condominiums.
However, those plans changed about seven months ago when a buyer decided it would be an ideal single-family home that would reflect understated elegance. The $12,000,000 purchase was completed Sept. 9.
The spring real estate market in Boston is in full bloom! Here at Campion and Company we have over fifty properties under agreement and are well on our way to another record-breaking year. We are seeing increased buyer requests for showings, and many sellers are busy preparing to put their properties on the market. Campion and Company has also been selected by developer Carpenter & Company to market the new Four Seasons Private Residences One Dalton Street, Boston.
Market reports released this week based on condo sales in January through March show the number of citywide sales up 8% over the same period last year. Average prices throughout Boston also showed a substantial increase of over 12%. The completion of select new luxury condominiums, such as Twenty Two Liberty in the Seaport where 13 sales in the first quarter averaged over $3.6million and $1,700 per square foot, have influenced these numbers, but there is still no denying that Boston's wider market has been one of steady appreciation with limited available inventory since 2011.
2016 First Quarter - Condo Sales Summary by Neighborhood
Source: Listing Information Network (LINK)
What does this fast-paced and competitive market mean for buyers and sellers?
For sellers, continued limited inventory and tales of bidding wars and over-asks point to an opportune time to list property. Even if you only purchased 2 – 3 years ago, it is likely that you have gained significant equity in your property. Contact us today, so we may meet with you to give you our opinion of value and marketing plan for your home or investment property.
For many buyers in this market, concerns about pricing and having to compete with other purchasers are reasons to delay a property search. Buyers need not be disillusioned with the purchasing process, however, as there are still many opportunities to take advantage of right now. For one, getting to see properties as soon as they come to market, is something we strive to attain for our buyers, often putting property under agreement within the first week. Additionally, Boston is currently seeing an impressive array of new and upcoming luxury development properties to choose from. From Back Bay to Midtown, Waterfront, the Seaport and all areas in between, buyers now have a wide selection of properties with luxury amenities, high-end finishes and every convenience of city living. There is still an opportunity to be an early purchaser in many of these buildings, including a number of Campion and Company Exclusive New Developments.
Commonwealth Ave Townhouse Sells for over $10million
Offered for sale for the first time in almost 30 years, this masterpiece townhouse by architects Peabody and Stearns has now found a buyer. Located on Commonwealth Avenue’s highly desirable Sunny Side, this expansive, 13,000+/- square foot home is rich in original detailing, containing graciously scaled formal entertaining rooms that remain a lasting testament to Gilded Age opulence. The home is currently configured with 9 bedrooms and a magnificent central staircase connecting the three main living and bedroom levels. A second staircase also connects to the expansive garden and top levels. Complete with an existing shaft for lift/potential elevator and parking court for two vehicles, this townhouse is a truly special property in the heart of Back Bay.
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